The president of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, made a compelling case Wednesday for the United States to back the institution’s $1.5 billion emergency food production plan. The plan seeks to avert an impending food crisis in Africa caused by Russia‘s war in Ukraine.
Download audio (1): https://bit.ly/3yEpg6S
Download audio (2): https://bit.ly/3wb7vdW
The head of the Bank and a panel of witnesses testified about global food insecurity and the lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Participants in the hearing included, among others others, Senators Chris Coons (Delaware), Lyndsey Graham (South Carolina), Dick Durbin (Illinois), Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), and Roy Blunt (Missouri).
Senator Coons, chairman of the Senate subcommittee, emphasized that the US must move quickly and provide sufficient funding. “We should be concerned and even alarmed by the growing food security crisis this war is causing for hundreds of millions beyond Eastern Europe,” he said. Senator Graham expressed his support for the establishment of a global fund for food security.
Speaking live via video link from Accra, Ghana, Adesina said the proposed Emergency Food Production Plan for Africa would result in the rapid production of 38 million tonnes of food across Africa over the next two years. “The African Development Bank, with her support, is prepared to meet this new challenge and others head-on,” she said.
The plan is based on supplying certified seeds of climate-adapted varieties to 20 million African farmers. With food supply disruption stemming from the Russia–Ukraine war, Africa faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food, especially imported wheat, corn and soybeans from the two countries.
An African emergency food production plan
Adesina said that the African Development Bank would invest 1.3 billion dollars in the implementation of the plan. She called on the US to make up the financing balance. “With the support of the United States to close the $200 million funding gap, we can ensure the success of the Africa Emergency Food Production Plan,” she said.
The Africa Emergency Food Production Plan is currently before the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank for approval.
Testimony was also given by David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program and Ms. Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, Executive Director of the non-governmental organization Mercy Corps.
McKenna said: “A perfect storm is leading to more global food insecurity, worse, much worse than previous food crises over the last decade.” He cited the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change as factors exacerbating current food insecurity.
Beasley said that food insecurity had already started to rise sharply before the war. He said that 135 million people were acutely food insecure before the start of the pandemic. “Covid arrives and that number went from 135 million to 276 million people marching towards starvation.”
Adesina stressed that the African Development Bank’s food production plan would encourage the production of nutritious food rather than just calories. “One of the things that we will support through this emergency food production plan is biofortified foods. Iron fortified sorghum. Nutritional supplementation is important,” she said.
The Bank president said the Bank was organizing meetings with international fertilizer companies to discuss ways to ensure that African farmers continue to have access to such inputs. “If we don’t solve the fertilizer problem, we can’t solve the food problem.
According to Adesina, the Africa Emergency Food Production Plan would have a long-term impact on Africa’s food productivity. The initiative “will drive structural changes in agriculture, to unlock the full potential of Africa to become a breadbasket for the world,” she said.
- Experts, veterans charge journalists on professionalism
- Nigeria, others review progress on global migration compact
- NAF free medical outreach excites Kaduna residents
- Ooni urges Oyetola to rely on divine success for his second term
- Average price for 5kg cooking gas increases to N3,800.47- NBS
- Primary : Atiku visits Gombe, confident of PDP delegates’ support
- Ondo assembly passes 2022 OSOPADEC budget into law
- Okada ban: Lagos Govt. says June 1 deadline won’t stop enforcement
- Gov. Ugwuanyi sets up, operationalises 10 type-3 PHC centres in Enugu – ENS-PHCDA boss
- WHO urges increased surveillance as COVID-19 cases rise in Americas
- Mali’s withdrawal from G5 Sahel, Joint Force ‘a setback’ for the region
- FG committed to protecting Nigerians from harmful use of data- Pantami
- CAN, JNI pledge support as FG conducts headcount for teachers, pupils
- Delta traditional rulers to partner CSOs to deepen gains of MDGs
- I’ll complete airport, school projects before leaving office – Fayemi
- ASUU Strike: NANS protests in Ekiti
- British Council to establish Arts, Culture Academy in Nigeria
- Africities 2022 Summit: Backbone of the continent, intermediary cities absorb most of the urban population growth, according to a report co-led by the African Development Bank
- Lagos govt., Polaris Bank unveil N1bn fund to empower artisans
- Nigeria reiterates commitment to implementing GCM agreement in New York
- Okada ban: Lagos residents express divergent views
- Perm Sec. harps on need to revive lost cultural values, traditions
- Businessman arraigned for alleged importation of fake drug
- Enugu: No life lost, nobody injured in Emene incident – Police
- FCTA demolishes over 30 houses in Trademore Estate Lugbe, over flooding
- Salami Panel: Magu will still be prosecuted if indicted despite promotion – Minister
- African Energy Week (AEW) Releases First Video for its Energy Investment Drive
- Troops recover guns, ammunition from insurgents enclave in Imo – Army spokesman
- Couple charged with involuntary manslaughter of housemaid knows fate July 7
- FG, Netherland to intensify efforts at curbing environmental hazards in Nigeria
- Investigating Policy and Business Requisites to Boost Hydrocarbon Investment in Africa
- NGO canvasses for more awareness on laws against SGBV in grassroots
- Agroforestry, Land Use policy to address land degradation – Minister
- African Energy Week calls for nominations to its world-renowned African Energy Awards
- Managing internal boundary crisis key to sustainable development — Ondo deputy governor
- Digitalisation will make public service smarter, faster — Akeredolu
- 25 ships discharge petrol, other items at Lagos ports
- Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) Launches its National Digital Academy in Ghana
- Army boss calls for civil society involvement in tackling insecurity
- 10th Youth Development Webinar Program 2022 “Building Youth Resilience: Transition to Green Economy and Beyond”
- Buhari’s support gave me political glory – Bauchi governor
- ICT: NCC begins awareness creation on safety, security for girls
- WHO authorises China’s CanSinoBIO Covid-19 vaccine
- Court permits landlord to break open, change locks on tenant’s door
- Sanwo-Olu describes RANAO as vanguard association for national development
- Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) Returns to Morocco
- Community leader, 2 others docked for alleged intimidation
- Zamfara APC holds mini delegates conference
- Indonesia lifts palm oil export ban after protests
- Three Professors Win 2022 Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Prize for Impactful Achievement in Islamic Economics